Little boy back home after being left at Boise store

Statesman staffAugust 6, 2013 

Shortly after Boise police issued a plea to help identify a little boy who was found unattended at a store Tuesday evening, his legal guardians contacted police.

Police said relatives explained that a mix-up led to the boy being left at the store. Two parties each believed the other had taken the child from the store.

The boy was home with his family late Tuesday.

No charges will be filed, police said.


A little boy was left in a Boise store Tuesday night, police said, and now they are seeking information that could help identify the boy - and the woman who police said left him.

Employees of the store in the 8300 block of West Overland Road told police that they found the child unattended at around 6 p.m. They tried paging the child's guardian and a physical search, but those efforts were unsuccessful.

Police arrived at about 6:30 p.m. and continued the search. They obtained a photo of the person who entered the store with the child and purchased items, then left the store more than an hour later without the boy. They also retrieved a photo of the vehicle that the person may have left in.

The child - who police said appeared to be in good health and good spirits - told police that he is 4 years old and that his name is Kai. He appears to be of Asian descent. Kai is about 2 feet 6 inches tall and was wearing a blue-and-black tank top with white shorts that have green and purple markings. He had grey sneakers on and was wearing a silver-colored necklace.

The woman who was with the child appears to be an older adult female, possibly Asian in descent, wearing a blue top with short sleeves.

The woman was seen leaving the parking lot of the store in a dark-colored, smaller-sized SUV that may have Idaho license plates.

Anyone with information is urged to call non-emergency police dispatch at 377-6790.

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